Ballerina Bunny Gets a Head… Finally!

“Bronzed” Ballerina Bunny, Part 2

She’s still far from done, but the paper mache ballerina bunny is further along than it was in the last post. Right after I made that video, I started pulling the old paneling off the walls of my “new” 100 year old house. Then I pulled down all the broken plaster, creating a gigantic, nasty mess! Next time I think up a “little” project like that, please stop me!

Anyway, the old plaster is now in boxes and out in the garage, waiting for a trip to the dump. Most of the dust has been swept up, and I started painting the new walls yesterday. Enough has been finished to make me think I could take a break – and now the bunny has both a head and a new set of ears. No eyes yet – that’s in the next video.

To see the rest of the Ballerina Bunny series:

39 thoughts on “Ballerina Bunny Gets a Head… Finally!”

  1. WHAT A FABULOUS SITE!!!!! Jonni, you are so amazing! I love all of the videos, tutorials and inspiration. …and I just watched the rabbit head come to life….what a sweet sculpture it is turning out to be!!! I just ordered your book. It should be here this week…can’t wait!!!!! I already bought the ingredients. I’ve been working with a celluclay/sawdust mixture for many years and am so excited to try your recipe!! Thanks for sharing all of your wonderful info. You are so very kind and generous!!!!!!

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  2. Calling all Paper Mache artists !

    I am an interior designer in San Diego California . Jonni told me to post a request for artists on this site .

    I am looking for an artist or multiple artists that are willing to display their work at the Del Mar Fair in June . I am doing an interior design vignette of DOGS , life sized to the breed .
    The theme of the fair is “Game On ” so I want to show dogs at play or dogs sitting at a table playing a board game or cards .
    You can just display the pieces or you can offer them for sale with pick up at the end of the show . There are many dog lovers that attend the show so I know the pieces in my display will
    easily sell if you want to part with them . Please contact me at valerieachao@yahoo.com or on
    my cell phone at 619-723-5120

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  3. LOVE the gesture in the bunny’s pose! Very like the snooty young girl of the original. I always enjoy your experimenting with different media and techniques, and your commenters’ as well.
    Lesley’s cat-bear-tiger cub is a great example. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  4. Love your site and your wonderful creations. I’ve only done one paper project a few years ago, really enjoyed the whole process. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and love of this media. Here’s a pic of my piece. The nails and teeth are glow-in-the dark Polymer clay. Can’t wait to see the rabbit finished.

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  5. You are funny. . . reconsidering your base (which by the way looks perfect to me). But, I understand. I need to invest in a chain saw to add to my paper mache tools inventory. .. for the times I want to cut thru an armature (wire, cardboard, wads of newspaper and tape). Such a critical eye, for our own work, can be such a curse don’t you think??? LOL

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  6. can you put the PC over the towels? I know you used an Elmer’s glue & I think plaster of Paris as a finishing coat. I working on two little people for a mini shrine. I only have the armatures done. I’m going to use all of your formulas. Went shopping yesterday & couldn’t find dry, dry wall mix, o ly pre- mixed.

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    • I always use the pre-mixed form of joint compound, because the dry form contains Portland cement. It might harden before you want it to. The paper mache clay will stick to the paper towel/fast-setting paste. I used some of the pm clay to create a fur texture on my wolf mask. I think it turned out nice.

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  7. Jonni,

    What a fabulous video. Love your bunny posture. The detailing of the head sculpture was so detailed. You are an inspiration. I too
    am doing some reno work and when I get finished I am going to do some papier mache too. Thank you so much for
    your excellent video lessons.

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  8. Oh, what I’ve expected. I’m glad you’re back.
    Bunny ballerina is absolutely wonderful.
    Should be fun to be with the ravens and the Frog.

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  9. I went on holiday to Madrid (Spain) and saw a painting ‘portrait of infanta Margarita by Velasquez at the Prado Museum. I just tried to make something similar to remind me of my visit.

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  10. thank you so much for answering me. This started out as a cat (using your design). I realized that my paper clay had a consistency that made the fur seem as though the animal had just come out of the water so I decided to make it into a polar bar. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get the face right so I turned it into a white tiger cub. The important thing is I really enjoyed myself.

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  11. I am so , so impressed when I see what you do with your art. And your sculptures are Wonderful to look at. Thanks for showing the process…….Can’t wait to see this one finished….
    Thanks JIM

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  12. I just bought some Scot blue shop towels from you mask instructions. Why wouldn’t you use a layer of that blue towel formula over ballet bunny before starting with the paper clay? ( paper clay give better detail for the head, but I think the blue towels would work better for the ears and make them stronger.)

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    • Good idea, Daryll. I think I’ll follow your advice and use the paper towels for the ears. It might work for the tutu, too, but I’ll probably stick with the plaster cloth, since I still have some. In fact, the entire bunny could be covered with the paper towels and fast-setting paste, but the PM clay is kind of fun to spread, so I’ll probably use it instead. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  13. SO Cute!!! Jonni you make sculpting your pieces look so easy. How do you do that???

    Really looking forward to your next video.

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    • Heh – I do all my boo-boos off camera, that’s how. Although I’m now reconsidering the base, which seems a bit too big, or off-center, or something.

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